Such legislations like the Abortion Law are allowed because of public policy. Where the state has the right to create laws and regulations to make we “the people” happy and if such laws are necessary. Take for example stop sings, or red lights or to prohibit texting while driving. That is public policy. It is basically a solution to a problem. It does however bring into play landmark rulings such as Roe v. Wade and the 14th amendment, because where does that leave our right to privacy and why does it leave the decision to have an abortion until the third trimester. It definitely leaves us with a lot of questions, questions that are not clear because up till now we had an idea of the order of how things should be because of what has happened throughout history. As stated before with the example of Roe v. Wade and the 14th amendment. But from what I’ve gathered about public policy is that it can change at any point at any time, it can make or break and bend the law depending on what it’s going to fix. Meaning that if a certain state has a problem that needs fixing and so many people have the same problem it is up to the government to decide what policy needs to be made in order to fix the problem that the “public” has. That is the bottom line, a demand from the people that needs attention. In reference to the state of Texas’s proclivity towards such mandates like the abortion law, it is safe to say that it is because majority of the state is conservative. Therefore majority rules, so what the people want the people get. It isn’t just about solving a problem which in this case seems bigger than something quick that needs an easy fix. The abortion issue is a controversial issue at that! Here in Texas especially, what with being conservative for such a long time, its people have taken a stance and want to be heard. Even though Senator Davis’s 11 hour filibuster caught a lot of attention, and her stance was supported by many it still wasn’t enough to win over that specific issue. It seems way more serious than what her debate was, its talking about people’s lives it really is serious business. Senator Davis in an interview with the Huffington Post, shared her story about her two abortions, one caused by an ectopic pregnancy and the other one caused by the loss of a child with an abnormality and whose chances of surviving were zero to none. Even though she could have shared this heartbreaking story during her 11 hour filibuster to try to persuade with empathy the decision of the court, she did not and that says a lot about her because she still stood up there and ready many letters of countless cases that were important in proving why the bill would be a mistake. She also expressed something that she has been true to, her entire career and it was the following, “It (abortion) is a decision uniquely for women and their family, guided by their faith and their God. It is not one government ought to intrude upon.” Which causes a lot of controversy, again for the obvious reasons. She states that the government should not intrude in our private lives, but how far can we as a people allow for the government to make these decisions for us. And can we rely on cases like Roe v. Wade or even the 14th amendment which clearly states that the Due Process Clause protects the right to our privacy which does also include a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. Many questions arise when we analyze public policy and Texas’s inclination towards adopting these legislative mandates. What we need to remember is that there is a social contract that there are majority rights that whether we like it or not are important to make or break a law or a bill. It is not just about fixing the problem there is a formula for how things work in politics.
As we consider this lets think about how important political participation is. Political participation is an important connection as well in order to understand the legislative process within the states.
1960s saw two important events that perhaps signaled the beginning of the second wave. In December 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the President's Commission on the Status of Women. Chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt and comprised of female political, business, and education leaders, the commission was asked to report on the progress women had made in six areas, including federal civil service employment and labor legislation. Its final report, although certainly not viewed as radical by modern…
Lesson 2, Part 1: Political Opinion and Political Parties
"Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.”
To understand the philosophical differences between conservative, liberal, populist and libertarian cultures; to comprehend the impact of race and gender on political opinion; and to evaluate the differences between the Republican and Democratic parties.
appear rational if end is defined in terms of the means. Law prohibiting interracial marriage is rational if goal is to keep the races separate.
4. Political Process model: Judges law in terms of the process which led to its enactment. Some processes are not worthy of respect.
a. Factors limiting deference to legislature’s process:
1) Limited political power of narrow minorities makes burdensome laws worse - the bigger the injured class, the more likely the law is fair/rational.
2) Discrete and insular…
FALL SEMESTER, 2014
Section Number Days/Times Room
29760 MWF; 8:00 – 8:50 OAB 271
29761 T – Th; 8:00 – 9:20 OAB 271
This course will focus on the analysis and evaluation of notable Supreme Court cases, together with an examination of the logic and interpretive reasoning used by its justices in making constitutional judgments.
Emphasis will be placed on the historic protection of individual…